This past weekend has been quite good. I haven’t been this busy over a weekend since Solstice.
Thursday night I went to see Paul with Ronya. The movie is fun. It’s not gut busting fun, and not quite as dead on in it’s timing like Sean of the Dead or Hot Fuzz were, but it is fun. I think the major problem they had with this film was they were set in the US, and while they did pull the occasional confused-British-foreigners routine most of it was ignored. I think they could have played with the foreign aspect a lot more, especially as Paul was less alien to US culture than the two human characters were.
Still, there were some great lines, and most of the best ones had nothing to do with geek references.
Parts of the movie deserve to be seen on the big screen but I’m not sure it’s enough to justify the full theater price. It is definitely worth the rental, though, and completists will want to own it just to maintain their Simon Pegg collection. I know I’ll be picking it up on DVD once it comes out.
By the way, for the record, Nick Frost looks terrible with long hair. Please never let him do that again.
Friday night was dinner with Ronya and Bob at the Taj Mahal. Still a great place for food. I’m always surprised at how small the serving dishes are, and yet even though they each look like a single serving I have yet to ever end a meal there unsatisfied. I think my perspective has been skewed by Chinese food restaurants. Still another reminder that you don’t need quantity for satisfaction.
Saturday I made good use of my snow tires and rode into work for a couple of hours’ worth of work. The Maker Faire is coming up fast and we want to be prepared this year, not scrambling at the last minute like last year. Of course, the simple fact that we’re not moving the entire shop two weeks before the show should help, I think. Still, we put a few hours towards putting together a couple hundred ARDX kits which are going to be one of the focuses of the trip.
And I will be going, this year. We began ironing out the traveling plans for this faire and pretty much all of us will be going, heading out Thursday and returning Tuesday. We’re closing the shop for Friday and limiting the shop to a half day on Tuesday. I suspect I’m going to need the entire weekend afterward to catch up on my sleep.
Speaking of sleep I’ve been gradually improving mine. I’m more or less used to wearing the mask now and keep it on for the whole night. I only take it off in the morning when I hit that point of waking up and waiting for the alarm. That being said, I’m still not sleeping through the night. I still wake up a lot and struggle with finding the most comfortable position to sleep in. But when I do sleep I dream lengthy, deep dreams. Now if I can just figure out how to actually sleep the whole night I might actually start to benefit from the deeper sleep. As it is I’m still exhausted when I get up in the morning and I still nod off during the day.
Still working on it.
Sunday night I visited Mav and Tony’s place for dinner and Rock Band with them and Ronya. Tony graciously sifted through his vast library of photos for me to find any and all party and friend photos I didn’t already have. I started going through some tonight, but there are over 2,000 to sort through. This is going to take quite a while. Still, I already have a lot of new photos of me that I didn’t have before. Seeing them I can’t help but notice, again, how freaking huge I am. The scary part? Penn of Penn and Teller is so freaking huge himself that he makes me look normal.
I’ve been playing Dragon Age II for the past couple of weeks but I’ve come to realize that at some point I switched over from playing the game to Working Through It. The telling point? This weekend I’ve had almost no time whatsoever to play the game and tonight, when I got home from work, I didn’t even remember I still have the game in the Xbox until the evening was almost over. I have almost no compulsion to return to it.
So far I’ve worked my way through two major plot events and both events culminated in… time passing. Virtually nothing else has changed. Sure, after the first plot point the character becomes rich, but all that does is provide him with a larger home and a single new set of clothes that only appear when he’s at home. They tried to reward me with quaint little details around the new house, little touches each of the other characters added to the place, but I clicked through them all in less than five minutes. After that the place just became another spot to return to and resupply. Even the death of the main character’s mother barely leaves a ripple in the storyline.
The most entertaining part of the game, so far, has been the one side plot to help the captain of the guard get a date. At least that gave me some chuckles.
I will finish it eventually, but later… when the rest of my life becomes boring enough that I’ll feel like returning to it.
Right now I have a few hundred more photos to flip through before bed.